Over 200 faith, cultural and community leaders once again graced South Brisbane’s Greek Club to attend the 12th Annual Queensland Police Service Multi-Faith Dinner on Thursday, August 16.
“Our faith, culture and community show no boundaries and this event continues to go strength to strength each year.”
The event featured several cultural performances, guest speakers and an inspiring keynote address by Harjit Singh, founder of Turbans & Trust.
Turbans and Trust is an initiative started in 2012 to give people an opportunity to learn a little bit about the significance of a turban and to then to use it as a vehicle to open up a conversation about people, faith, difference and community.
“What we do is pretty simple. We tie turbans…for free!” Harjit said.
While the turban is a mandatory article of faith for a practising Sikh, it is also something held in high esteem by many others cultures.
Unfortunately due to certain events in the last decade, the turban has become an item associated with a threat, by some.
Sikhs, being the most prominent turban wearers around the world, have borne the brunt of the backlash that has ensued against the turban.
“Turbans and Trust hopes to turn that trend around, not just for Sikhs but for all people who are made to feel unwelcome because of what they wear,” Harjit explained.
“By unravelling the cloth together, we unravel preconceived notions. We then tie a fresh new turban, together.”
Dr Brian Adams, the Director of the Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue once again shined as the Master of Ceremonies, alongside other speakers including the Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart APM, and the Minister for Police and Corrective Services, Mark Ryan.
Many thanks to all who attended this special event.
Dr Brian Adams (c) with Police Liaison Officer Ricky Lakshand (r)